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Are We Finally Ready For The Never-Finished Film?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 1, 2011 12:30 PM
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Analogue technology demanded something called completion -- and that is so yesterday. We make and distribute things, including stories, based on realities we have long since abandoned. What would happen if we designed our tales around today's truths and tomorrow's hopes?

Guest Post: Matthew Chapman "How Do You Make Sure You Are HAPPY With Your Film?"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 15, 2011 3:00 AM
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Some subjects are truly difficult to confront on film, both from a personal and public perspective. Creativity generally requires confrontations -- with oneself, others, and the world at large. Those of us who indulge in these battles, recognize that we -- and our work -- are better for it. Personally speaking, I think it even extends much further: our culture and our world are better for it too. But that doesn't make it easy.What does make it very satisfying, is to be able to stand back after it all, and recognize that the initial decision, the one to engage, was not just justified, but ours. It is that decision that makes a movie our movie. And it is that decision too, that I think allows a film to speak personally to a veiwer, to help them recognize that this film is not a corporate product, but something truly heartfelt. Writer/Director of THE LEDGE (currently in theaters) Matthew Chapman guests today, and captures that feeling perfectly.

25+ Things I Want To Know From New Filmmakers

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 6, 2011 3:00 AM
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When I moderate a panel, I get to ask some questions that aren't the kind I often get to ask in a regular meeting. The questions are as much, and maybe perhaps more so, for the audience. Still though, I am generally trying to get at something: the how and why of creativity at this time in the world.I learned a lot from moderating the "New Faces Of Indie Film" panel at Lincoln Center on Saturday June 11, 2011. Yes, in the future when I am involved on a panel I will insist upon diversity, and yes, I will set a limit to the number of people on the panel. But I also learned from the answers folks gave. I didn't get to ask all of them, but had I, I had the list prepared. These are those questions.

Guest Post: Martin Donovan "Gestation: A Case Study"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 28, 2011 3:00 AM
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I set a lot of goals for myself that I can't reach. I feel I have a really good understanding of many of the steps that one must take to transform good work into something better. I long lists on what can be done to help a film from being overlooked. But I am human. I can't do all I want. I come from modest means. I have bills to pay. I have made commitments and honor my responsibilities and relationships. On any movie, there's a great deal that I want to do that will never get done. It doesn't stop me from trying to inspire others to do more though.

Guest Post: Chuck Wendig "25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 10, 2011 11:17 AM
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A couple of weekends back I was checking out Chuck Wendig's blog terrible minds. I was blown away -- and I know Chuck already. He's the co-writer on Lance Weiler's "H.i.M. (Hope is Missing)" that I am producing. That said, the humor, wisdom, and outright generosity of his posts were even more than I had anticipated.

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